Shoot Like Steph: Use Video to Sharpen Shooting Technique

Technique training allows you to feel confident when the heat is on.

Shoot Like Steph: Use Video to Sharpen Shooting Technique

Technique training allows you to feel confident when the heat is on.

It’s tough to guard someone whose range seems to be anywhere past half-court — and tough is putting it lightly.

Among Steph Curry’s 886 three-point attempts, 402 have gone in, breaking his own single-season record from last year. Not only that, he shattered the 400 mark before anyone else hit 300. Nearly every defense the 6-foot-3 point guard has faced this season has walked away feeling a mixture of confusion and awe. Even LeBron James commented that he has “never seen someone like him” in the history of the game.

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Although he makes the game look easy, Curry’s continued ability to inspire and perform didn’t come from luck. If you ask him, “you can never really stop working.” His continued success and all-around dominance stems from taking the time to get better. His ability to handle and shoot the ball comes from the one thing separating the great from the good: technique training.

Technique training allows you to feel confident when the heat is on. As adrenaline kicks in during the final minutes and seconds of a hard-fought game, training determines how those precious moments play out – but not all training is created equal. Let’s break down some of the most helpful training focuses.

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Balance

A balanced foundation is the key to sound shooting. To achieve this, square up your feet to the basket, shoulder-width apart. Bend your knees and slide your dominant foot just slightly ahead of the other by about six inches.

Eyes

Find a consistent spot to lock your eyes when shooting. Feel comfortable locking on the front of the rim, or would you rather focus on the back? Whatever your preference, keep it consistent and find your target early for each shot. That way, when your feet leave the ground, your eyes will be trained to connect to that familiar mark.

Elbows

Maintaining control over the ball is crucial to making more shots. Keep your shooting elbow in and keep both elbows bent to improve accuracy. This creates a straight-line target towards the basket, which will help convert more attempts into makes.

Follow-Through

Relax the wrist and finish high. Your fingers should point toward your target and align with the top of the backboard. A thorough follow-through puts the right amount of spin on the ball, and helps develop consistency and familiarity.

Putting in the work is tough, but worth it – and Steph Curry knows how to put in the work. He’s mastered how to practice technique until it is almost impossible to get it wrong. His tremendous talent makes him the best shooter in the NBA.

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But now it’s time to make the most of your talent. These techniques can help you step up your game and outwork the competition, but they become even more powerful with video. That’s why Hudl Technique is a great platform for athletes looking to improve. Hudl Technique allows you to improve in slow motion, all while tracking progress over time. Analyze your balance, footwork, follow-through and more. You can even share video with your coach who can respond with drawings and feedback. See how it works in this video.

Once those improved techniques help you dominate the game, remember to tag highlights and create an awesome reel to show off and get noticed. As always, email our support team with any questions

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